Premiere: Melbourne metalcore favs Drown This City share a newie, Borderline Existence
The new single is another taste of what the band have been working on since their Alpha // Survivor EP back in 2019, and comes ahead of shows later in the year.
We can't say we're too knowledgeable on the metalcore world, but one thing we do know, is that Drown This City are a band many have a close eye on. The Melbourne-based five-piece emerged with their earliest work back in 2015/2016, before signing to UNFD and dropping a second EP titled Alpha // Survivor in 2019; a six-track release that captured the glory of the band hitting a new peak, welcoming the group as an exciting new facet to the country's metal-esque world, and introducing themselves properly in the process of doing so.
Skip forward a few years, and Drown This City's next moves are eagerly awaited, delivered upon last month with their returning single New Burn Order, and the promise of more to come. Now, we're able to show another tune from their collection of forthcoming material, with Borderline Existence being a further glimpse of Drown This City's brilliance, and how they've evolved across-the-board since the release of their breakthrough Alpha // Survivor EP two years ago.
Like New Burn Order before it, Borderline Existence emphasises the vocals of vocalist Alex Reade, who once again appears to be at her hauntingly best as she looks more inwards on her past experiences; a common thread linking New Burn Order - "I want to tell them we are cut from the same cloth, my destruction is their destruction, my shame is their shame," said Reade with the single release in April - and Borderline Existence, as well as much of the material they were working on over Melbourne's extended lockdown last year.
This time around, Reade focuses on the external pressures placed down onto her, and how they alter her pathways through life. "I've found myself wearing thin because of this, wondering what I was fighting against and how long could I keep going for," she says. "This song reflects the battle I feel to succeed against all odds, fuelled by sheer terror that my life will be for nothing.
"The line ‘I really thought that I’d amount to something, I should have known you’d get me in the end’ really reflects the exhaustion I feel wondering if I can keep going with this fight to be heard and understood. I’m exhausted, always pushing against, trying to win, trying to get ‘there’ and I just don’t know where that is anymore."
Yet again, it's a powerfully brilliant single from Drown This City who seem to be on a consistent streak with their newer work, and with more to come, we have no doubts that will continue. Before we see the new material unfold, you can take a diver into Borderline Existence as it premieres on Pilerats today ahead of its release tomorrow, May 6th, and catch the group at shows littering the next few months, including dates supporting In Heart's Wake this November.
Saturday, July 3 – Full Tilt Festival @ Coburg Velodrome, Melbourne, VIC (SOLD OUT)
Supporting In Heart's Wake:
Thursday, November 11 — 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Friday, November 12 — 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, November 13 — Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, November 14 — Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday, November 19 — Magnet House, Perth, WA
Saturday, November 20 — Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA